Sony Pictures’ ‘Bullet Train’ topped the domestic box this weekend at $30.1 million, according to estimates by measurement company Comscore.
The performance of the Brad Pitt-led action film lived up to early expectations as the summer film season draws to a close. Rounding out the top 3 at the domestic box office this weekend are Warner Bros.’ “DC League of Super-Pets,” which grossed $11.2 million in its second weekend for a North American total of $45.1 million; and Universal Pictures’ “Nope,” which grossed $8.5 million in its third weekend for a total of $98 million in North America.
Directed by David Leitch, Bullet Train follows an assassin (Pitt) who encounters a series of enemies on an assignment aboard a fast-moving train in Japan. The ensemble cast also includes Joey King, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Brian Tyree Henry, Andrew Koji, Hiroyuki Sanada, Michael Shannon, Sandra Bullock and Bad Bunny.
The star-studded thriller received a lackluster 54% rating on review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes. In her review, critic Katie Walsh likened the film to costume jewelry – something that appears sparkly and fun but is ultimately worthless.
“The bright color palette and bold tone are in some ways a refreshing antidote to the gray haze that’s been covering big, bombastic blockbusters of late,” writes Walsh.
“But the smug humor feels dated and cheesy, and finally makes it exceedingly difficult to deal with the film’s refusal to reveal even a crumb of the inner workings of these killer characters.”
Also new this weekend was Universal Pictures’ “Easter Sunday,” which debuted at number eight with $5.3 million. Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and starring Jo Koy, the vacation comedy earned a Rotten Tomatoes rating of approximately 45% and a B-plus rating from viewers polled by CinemaScore.
Two indie titles will be widely released next weekend: “Summering” by Bleecker Street Media and “Mack & Rita” by Gravitas Premiere.
https://www.latimes.com/entertainment-arts/movies/story/2022-08-07/bullet-train-box-office-brad-pitt-bad-bunny ‘Bullet Train’ nabs No. 1 at the domestic box office